New Hot-Rod Chevy Spark EV Unveiled For SEMA Performance Show – Amicars





The annual SEMA show in Las Vegas isn't where you'd normally expect to find plug-in electric cars.

SEMA is the spiritual home of the automotive aftermarket, where car makers unveil lavishly customized vehicles to pique the creativity of the industry. 

These cars are usually more about performance and style than efficiency.

This year, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Tech Performance concept will will make the show floor a little greener.
This version of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car was designed to show that plug-in cars can be fun.

The Tech Performance concept features a new power-delivery algorithm that Chevy says enhances acceleration, and reinforced axles.

However, Chevy did not quote a faster 0 to 60 mph time than the stock Spark EV'S 7.6 seconds.
Even when this Spark EV is standing still, its green-and-white colour scheme and flashy wheels give it the look of a performance car.

The interior is livened up by a flip-up "activation switch," presumably for Spark EV owners who want to equip their cars with heat-seeking missiles.

Green cars are starting to get the full custom treatment; the Spark EV Tech Performance concept isn't the first small car to appear at SEMA--and it probably won't be the last.

When it's not sitting on the show floor, the Spark EV will return an EPA-rated 119 MPGe, with 82 miles of range.
The Spark EV has been on sale in California and Oregon since June, with a base price of $26,685 before the $7,500 Federal income-tax credit or other incentives.

Plans for retail sales in Canada and Europe were recently shelved.

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe-The spy photos you want to see – Amicars




Here is what we have all been waiting for since the ATS first hit the market: shots for the upcoming ATS-V coupe, a car that should do battle with the upcoming BMW M4.

Thanks to the speedy lenses of our spies, we have lot of shots to pour over. The car seems to be lower, and while the wheels are only test designs, they are shod in wider low-profile rubber and cover some pretty massive brake hardware. Out back we have what appear to be a small lip-spoiler under that camo, and four huge exhaust pipes.

The front of the car features a much larger grille, a lower chin spoiler, and what appear to be two smaller intakes. Don't be fooled by the Buick like grille design peeking out from the camouflage, our spies say GM has been fitting fake grilles to many of its prototypes lately.

Expect the new ATS-V to bow at the Detroit Auto Show with Cadillac's twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 under the hood. That same motor pumps our 410 horsepower in the XTS and should put up some great numbers in the lightweight ATS.

This is a car we can't wait to drive. Amicars 

Audi A4 Launch in USA – Amicars


The 2013 Audi A4 ranks 8 out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 36 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A4, and our analysis of steadfastness and safety data.

A genuine Swiss Army knife among upscale cars, test drivers agree that the 2013 Audi A4 offers a mix of performance, fuel economy and luxury that’s difficult to match.

The base 2013 Audi A4 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while all-wheel drive is available. Although the A4 is less powerful than a number of competitors, test drivers remain impressed by its refined drivetrain, balanced handling and great fuel economy. At an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway, the base A4 gets better fuel economy than a number of upscale midsize cars. The 2013 A4 also offers an exceptional safety score, though its reliability rating is a bit lower than most upscale midsize cars. If you’re looking for more power, the 2013 Audi S4 builds on the A4’s performance attributes with standard all-wheel drive and a more powerful supercharged V6 engine. On balance, reviewers agree that while the S4 has outstanding performance capabilities, it’s not as quick or nimble as rivals like the BMW M3.

Audi has a reputation for designing some of the finest interiors on the market, and in general, reviewers agree that the 2013 A4 upholds that image. One reviewer mentions that some plastic trim wasn’t quite up to snuff, but most agree that the cabin is well thought out with high-quality materials. Most reviewers think that the standard leather seats are comfortable up front, though some mention a shortage of legroom in the back seat. New features for 2013 include a revised MMI infotainment system and a navigation system that can provide wireless Internet access. However, a vocal minority of critics say that the revised infotainment system could be more user-friendly.

           "Though back-seat passengers may be a little crowded, overall this German sedan is a great compromise between sport sedan and practical, sensible transportation." -- Consumer Guide
           "The seats are comfortable, the performance is exhilarating and all of the technology really does come into play and make you feel like you could drive on and on." -- Road and Track
           "While we'll rarely (if ever) turn down an abundance of horsepower and torque, we also appreciate a car that hits that elusive sweet spot of power and efficiency. Among entry-level luxury sedans, the 2012 Audi A4 is one such car." -- Edmunds (2012)
           "Our magazine has frequently professed its affection for the BMW 3-series, but the Audi A4 is certainly a very worthy competitor. Most enthusiast drivers, including myself, would be quite content driving a basic A4 such as our test vehicle."

Details: 2013 Audi A4
                         
The 2013 Audi A4 seats five and comes with front-wheel drive, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is optional, and is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance Audi S4 adds a supercharged 3.0-liter engine and standard all-wheel drive. Five trims are offered across the model line: A4 Premium, A4 Premium Plus, A4 Prestige, S4 Premium Plus and S4 Prestige.

For 2013, the A4 gets revised exterior styling and an updated MMI infotainment system. Audi Connect is also new, providing wireless Internet access through a cellular data connection (subscription required). The A4 Avant wagon has been replaced by the Audi Allroad, which is reviewed separately. Since the A4 received its last full redesign in 2009, this review uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012.